American Indian Festival

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June 2nd, 2007

 American Indian Festival, Chesapeake, VA

 

This event was free and open to the public.  It was very small event.  I didn't see all that happened and we were there just a short time. They just drummed, sung and danced. The tribe is the Nasemond tribe. While at the event, there were vendors for food and souvenirs.  Pretty much, there wasn't too much there. I bought one thing, a piece of pottery made by Gary "Yellow Corn" Lewis.  I met a nice man briefly and asked him to sign my program because he is a living legend:  a Tuskegee Airman and Congressional Medal of Honor Winner.  (See program above).  Parking is free, food is low to moderate priced and more on the snack side (Indian fry bread etc).    

 

From left to right: Opening Ceremony where they line up dressed in costume/ceremonial dress Grand entry 2) Veterans song/Dance 3) drummers 4) drummers/Tuskegee Airman/GOH just after the welcome 5) Little boy dressed up (cute)

 


American Indian Festival

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June 7th, 2008

 American Indian Festival, Chesapeake, VA

 

This annual event is free, but you can leave a donation in the jar at the gate (proceeds go to Veterans).  It's a pretty small event.  There are only two food vendors I saw serving fry bread and such, and there are vendors selling stuff like dolls, pots (not many), arrowheads, fetishes, dream catchers, rocks, and toy souvenirs for the kids, T-shirts and stuff like that.  Some hand made crafts and some not.  The American Indian ceremony is what the big thing is.  They drum and sing and dance in the opening ceremony.  They have a teepee or two set up and I think there's storytelling or something.  Other than that, there's nothing there to see or do other than watch people dressed in costume.  While there this year, we ran into Isaac Singleton who was checking it out while on break from a gig in Norfolk.  Isaac is best known for his role in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl". 

 

From left to right: 1) Woman in Costume 2) Same woman from the backside and another American Indian in warrior dress 3) general view of some of the sales tents 4) a few people in costume getting ready for the parade 5) a teepee in the background 6) Some more people in costume and finally 6) a warrior in costume from the back (intricate).

 

Links:

 

Nansemond Tribal Association

Virginian Indian Tribes

Virginian Indian Tribes Past and Present

 


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